History and Language in the Andes

  • Paul Heggarty
  • Adrian J. Pearce

Part of the Studies of the Americas book series (STAM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

  3. The Colonial Era

  4. Reform, Independence, and the Early Republic

  5. Towards Present and Future

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 239-266

About this book


The modern world began with the clash of civilisations between Spaniards and native Americans. Their interplay and struggles ever since are mirrored in the fates of the very languages they spoke. The conquistadors wrought theirs into a new 'world language'; yet the Andes still host the New World's greatest linguistic survivor, Quechua. Historians and linguists see this through different - but complementary - perspectives. This book is a meeting of minds, long overdue, to weave them together. It ranges from Inca collapse to the impacts of colonial rule, reform, independence, and the modern-day trends that so threaten native language here with its ultimate demise.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Heggarty
    • 1
  • Adrian J. Pearce
    • 2
  1. 1.Linguistics DepartmentMax Planck Institute for Evolutionary AnthropologyLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Department of History and the Department of SpanishKing’s CollegeLondonUK

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